2016 ADAC Tyre Test - 225/45 R17

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental Sport Contact 5
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Yokohama Advan Sport V105
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Sport Contact 5
The lowest fuel useESA Tecar Spirit 5 UHP
The most comfortableSava intensa uhp
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3
Fulda SportControl
The lowest wearSava intensa uhp
The 2016 ADAC 225/45 R17 summer tyre test is a classic ADAC by-the-numbers tyre test, with the results driven from data rather than subjective scoring.

Of the sixteen tyres tested, at least three patterns have already been replaced, with the Michelin Pilot Sport 3, Toyo Proxes T1 Sport and GT Radial Champiro HPY already superseded by the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, Toyo Proxes T1 Sport+ and GT Radial Sport Active in late 2015.

Goodyear and Dunlop are also noticeably absent from this test, with the newly released Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 and Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 missing.

So what can we learn from this test with a number of the latest tyres missing?

Continental still reign supreme with the Continental Sport Contact 5. It would have been interesting to see this tyre tested against the new Dunlop, Goodyear and Michelin, but it will be a strong package to beat now Continental seem to be scoring well in the wear tests.

The second place ESA Tecar Spirit 5 UHP isn't available in the UK, but the Tecar brand seems to be offering consistently strong tyres in the mid range sector, and will be one we'll be look into a little more in 2016.

With Goodyear and Dunlop missing, Pirelli and Vredestein have strong showings in third and fourth places respectively, with the Vorti continuing its theme of being a very good dry weather tyre, finishing joint top in the dry tests with Yokohama.

Uniroyal will be disappointed to have finished with an average wet score and ninth place overall, and it was a disappointing result for Michelin, even taking into account the fact the Pilot Sport 3 has been replaced. Wear, usually one of Michelins strengths, scored particularly poorly, but we're still confused as how the French tyre finished so far down the order with such a strong dry and wet result.

There's nothing too exciting to report in the bottom third of the table, the Fulda Sport Control is an old tyre now and in need of an update, whereas GT Radial will be happy to have beaten Maxxis with an old pattern.

The full results are below, feel free to leave any comments or questions at the bottom of the page. You can find the 185/65 R15 version of the test here.

Results

Continental Sport Contact 51st: Continental Sport Contact 5
Total: 39 / Dry: 9.6 / Wet: 8.2 / Comfort: 5.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Wear: 8
Positive: Very balanced summer tire with top marks on wet and dry roads
Negative: None mentioned

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ESA Tecar Spirit 5 UHP2nd: ESA Tecar Spirit 5 UHP
Total: 38.2 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 5.8 / Rolling Resistance: 9.4 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Very balanced with top marks in fuel consumption, good in the wet and dry
Negative: None mentioned

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Pirelli P Zero3rd: Pirelli P Zero
Total: 37.2 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 8 / Comfort: 5.8 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Very balanced tyre, good in the wet and dry
Negative: None mentioned

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti4th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Total: 36.8 / Dry: 9.6 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 5.8 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Very balanced summer tyre, particularly good int he dry
Negative: None mentioned

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo25th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Total: 36.2 / Dry: 8.4 / Wet: 6.8 / Comfort: 5.4 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Good in the dry, relatively low fuel consumption
Negative: A little weak in the wet compared to the best on test

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Sava intensa uhp6th: Sava intensa uhp
Total: 38 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 6.8 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.2 / Wear: 10.4
Positive: Top marks in wear
Negative: A little weak in the wet compared to the best on test

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Nokian zLine7th: Nokian zLine
Total: 34.6 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 6.6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Low fuel consumption
Negative: A little weak in the wet compared to the best on test

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Yokohama Advan Sport V1058th: Yokohama Advan Sport V105
Total: 36.8 / Dry: 9.6 / Wet: 6.6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 6.6 / Wear: 9
Positive: Top marks in the dry, low wear
Negative: A little weak in the wet compared to the best on test, high fuel consumption

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Uniroyal Rainsport 39th: Uniroyal Rainsport 3
Total: 34 / Dry: 6.4 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 8.6 / Wear: 7
Positive: Relatively low fuel consumption
Negative: A little weak in the dry compared to the best on test, high wear

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Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS310th: Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3
Total: 36.8 / Dry: 9.4 / Wet: 7.4 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Wear: 6.4
Positive: Particularly good on dry roads, good in the wet
Negative: Relatively high wear

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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport11th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
Total: 34 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 6.2 / Comfort: 5.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.2 / Wear: 6.4
Positive: Good in the dry
Negative: A little weak in the wet compared to the best on test, relatively high wear

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Firestone Firehawk SZ9012th: Firestone Firehawk SZ90
Total: 33.6 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 4.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Wear: 8
Positive: Low wear
Negative: Weak in the wet

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Fulda SportControl13th: Fulda SportControl
Total: 36 / Dry: 6.2 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.4 / Wear: 9.4
Positive: Low wear, low fuel consumption
Negative: Relatively weak on both wet and dry roads

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Semperit SpeedLife 214th: Semperit SpeedLife 2
Total: 35.4 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 5.2 / Rolling Resistance: 8.8 / Wear: 8.4
Positive: Low fuel consumption and wear
Negative: Weak in the wet

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GT Radial Champiro HPY15th: GT Radial Champiro HPY
Total: 34.6 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 5.6 / Comfort: 5.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Wear: 6.4
Positive: Very good in the dry
Negative: Weak in the wet, high wear

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Maxxis Victra Sport VS0116th: Maxxis Victra Sport VS01
Total: 33.8 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 4.4 / Comfort: 5.2 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Good in the dry
Negative: Weak on wet roads

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